[ Travel ] 30 Septembar, 2019 09:11

Superlative natural wonders appear wherever you visit US National Parks. Whether you're working on your to-do list: "Climb the highest mountain in North America!" - Or simply by wanting to kiss the world's largest living tree, you can explore the extreme limits of nature in these record-breaking American national parks.

Water, water everywhere

Looking for the highest waterfall in North America? Head to Yosemite National Park in California, where the three-story waterfall of Yosemite Falls into a valley carved by glaciers. One of the 10 highest waterfalls in the world, the Yosemite Falls swell in late spring when the melted snow melts into the roaring mountain in the Yosemite Valley, described by conservative John Muir as the temple of nature.

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Equally impressive are the gushing geysers of Yellowstone National Park, spread across the states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. There are more geysers than anywhere else on the planet, with overheated water from underground volcanic rocks bubbling to the surface in hot springs, fumaroles and mud flasks in rotation. Old Faithful, the park's most famous geyser, springs more regularly than any other geyser on earth, throwing up to 8,400 liters of water at altitudes of over 100 feet every hour or two hours, day and night.

Closer to the west coast is the deepest lake in the United States, in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. The astonishing clarity of Crater Lake, 1943 feet deep, formed by precipitation in an extinct volcanic caldera, will allow you to instantly reach your camera. Observe the edge of the crater from the side of the road or head for Cleetwood Creek, where you can take a boat trip to Wizard Island, the volcanic ash cone emerging on the surface of the lake that looks like to an enchanted lost world.

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From snowy peaks to hot badlands

With the acceleration of global climate change, hurry up if you want to see the largest collection of glaciers in North America. Of the 25 large glaciers remaining in Glacier National Park, Montana, many are expected to melt by 2030. You'd better head north to Alaska, where Glacier Bay National Park and National Park of Wrangell-St Elias are preserved at UNESCO Heritage Site. The number of glaciers dating back to the Little Ice Age, including some records that run 75 miles or reach a depth of 3,000 feet, is incalculable.

Alaska also has the highest peak in the United States. At 20,030 feet above sea level, Denali (formerly Mt McKinley) - an Athabaskan word for "the highest" - dominates the epic landscapes of Denali National Park. If you cannot travel this far, Sequoia National Park in California offers the opportunity to climb Mount Whitney (14,505 feet), the highest peak of the 48 lower states. Overlooking the Sierra Nevada, the summit of Mount Whitney - with its view of the steep granite peaks, not to mention the elevations that turn the head - can take your breath away, to the letter. Sequoia National Park is also home to the largest living tree in the world, a giant sequoia measuring over 20 meters long.

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At less than 140 miles from Mt Whitney, you will find the lowest altitude in North America: Badwater. Covering nearly 200 square miles of Death Valley National Park, Badwater is one of the largest salt plains in the world. Once a prehistoric lake, this arid place is now at an altitude of 282 feet below sea level. Death Valley also holds the unenviable record of being the most fashionable place in the United States, the temperature at Furnace Creek reaching an unbearable level of 134 degrees Fahrenheit on July 10, 1913.

Here are some even more interesting examples: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, on the Big Island of Hawaii, protects what has been the longest volcanic eruption in the world since 1983 - it lasted more than 10,000 days until May 2018 The wonders of the lava The lacustrine and luminous flows may have ceased for the moment, but there are still many supernatural sites in this unique environment. You can see what the volcano does on the National Parks Service website.

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Where more wild wonders are

The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is also famous for its lava tubes. But bitter spelunkers are expected to return to the mainland at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. Here you can explore the world's longest-known cave system, an underground labyrinth of rooms measuring nearly 400 km long. Like the Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, Mammoth Cave is a favorite spot for biodiversity and has been declared a World Heritage Site.

If the wonders of biodiversity are really important to you, you'll want to fly to Florida's Everglades National Park, another World Heritage Site and the largest subtropical wilderness in North America. Watch flamingos flock to its crystal bays and crocodiles and sharp-toothed alligators swim at the edge of Grass Rivers.

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Otherwise, if you are fascinated by the depths of the earth, take the road to Grand Canyon National Park. Although it is not the deepest canyon in North America, it is the longest, stretching over 300 km along the Colorado River. It is difficult to do better than to contemplate the depths painted in the pastel of the canyon at sunset, at sunset.

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[ Travel ] 30 Septembar, 2019 08:42


If you are traveling with children, you may have found it more difficult to organize an economical family vacation in recent years. The price increases for travel during the school holidays are well documented, but there is also the constant ascending trajectory of the costs of food, accommodation and entrance to attractions, which add up when traveling with family.

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But it's not all that dark: there are fortunately ways to grow your hard-earned money while you explore the world together.

Here are 10 tips for planning a family vacation on a budget.

Remember: Timing is everything

Last-minute offers do not usually exist during school holidays, and those that are usually are in undesirable locations. If your children go to school, you will know their date of office well in advance; Use this information to book months, if not years, when prices are still relatively low due to lack of demand. If your children are not yet in school, or if you are educating them at home, make the most of out-of-peak travel, when costs are low and there are fewer crowds.

Use your parenting networks

Groups of babies may have kept you sane despite the neonatal fog - but this collective wisdom goes beyond mere moral support and layer-changing techniques. Ask other parents questions about the trips they made, their cost and what they would do differently to save money next time Similarly, in the online world, many travel forums and bloggers Family are ready to give you budget tips for the destinations they have visited.

Take your family far from the madding crowd

This is the basic economy: the higher the demand, the higher the price. A solution? Get off the beaten track. Avoid hotspots for tourists and opt for a less connected or famous place; think of rural Lazio on Tuscany, Adelaide in Sydney and Maine in California. With a little research, you'll find fun activities to do with children and enjoy the luxury of not having to fight with masses of people to get an ice cream or a family selfie. Plus, you will get the congratulations that come with being a bit more adventurous.

Turn the journey into an adventure

Save money on one night and create memories that you will cherish while traveling to your destination (or between two points of your itinerary) in a different way. Taking a night train or a ferry (or even a bus if you are brave enough) is a huge event for the kids and a story they will tell again and again upon their return home. Alternatively, a family trip by car with your own vehicle avoids the cost of heavy air fares and rental cars.

Make the most of other people’s toys

Although staying in a hotel removes kitchen and cleaning work, independent sites such as HomeAway, Love Home Swap, Yugo or Airbnb are often a much cheaper option for families. Renting a house or apartment also provides more space for those who need it (teenagers, in particular, want more privacy). You can often find places with toys, games, high chairs or anything your family needs. Youth hostels with family rooms are also a more affordable alternative to hotels and will introduce children to other travelers.

Embrace the great outdoors

Children tend to like spending time in the fresh air, which is good news for parents who have a dime. Plan day trips that include nature walks rather than expensive attractions; find the local playground so that your little ones can meet other children; and have a picnic to avoid restaurant prices. Camping is another great way to save money while exploring the great outdoors. It allows children to be truly immersed in nature while getting involved in some basic tasks (e.g cleaning after the barbecue). So it's a win-win that is worth trying at least once, even if you think you will not like it. .

Family discounts are your friend

While you may not necessarily be able to take advantage of discounts for large groups, there are many small ways that families can use the power of numbers. You may be able to get a pass for local transportation, find coupons for the family online for the attractions you want to see and enjoy marketing campaigns such as childless weeks for theaters or major exhibitions. Not invoicing entry to visitors.

Stick to the essentials

Anyone trying to save money knows that it's these little extras that really add up and that's also true for traveling with kids. Pack reusable water bottles, buy packaged ice cream at a local supermarket, and check out the sites you visit before you leave to avoid paying extra for audio guides, activity packs, or special exhibitions. Having an eye-only policy for gift shops can also help keep extra expenses at bay.

Change your family’s travel habits

Instead of trying to escape every time your kids have a break in school, consider going out less often, but longer, thus consolidating the costs of the escape. If you can work remotely, you can travel for months rather than weeks. You can also consider the "high-profile" suspension. Turning off and pretending to go on vacation while exploring your area can be a fun challenge for the family. You can also try reconnecting with forgotten aunts who might like your whole family to come down on it for a week, or convince grandparents that the perfect way to have a good time with their grandchildren (and help you in the process) is to join you.

Manage your expectations

If a luxury all-inclusive resort or long-haul trip exceeds your bank balance, it's time to rethink what you really need for an amazing travel experience. Could you exchange an expensive villa with an infinity pool for cheaper digs and the beach or public pool? Remember - children are fairly easy to please and most engage in all the adventures you undertake, big or small. While it may take more planning and patience to travel with children behind, it is certainly feasible and the collective challenge will benefit the whole family.